Student or Learner
One in two Malaysians is/are not satisfied with their weight and are attempting to shed some, according to market research company, A, C. Nielsen.
I was taught that it should be 'One in two/three, etc is ... ' In the example above if I use 'is', it will be inconsistent with 'their' and 'are'.
Am I right if I use 'are'? Is there a difference between BE and AM with regard to the usage.
I wonder whether the Americans will use 'is'. I am aware that in BE, 'The group, the couple, etc is or are ...' depends on context. If I am not mistaken, the American use 'is' regardless of what follows.
I hope one of the AE members will respond to my post.
The subject is 'Malaysians'. Perhaps the confusion is due to using 'one in two', switching the subject to a single Malaysian.
Half of all Malaysians are fat
Every second Malaysian is fat